So, here I am: working on week 8’s challenge many months after it has happened. Life has taken some crazy turns for me and it looks like it has no plans to slow down. I’m not complaining but it means that I complete these challenges at my own time and pace.
The Dogwood Challenge was quite simple: Explore panorama stitching and create a wide sweeping landscape.
I tried to complete this challenge three times before I got most of it right. I used my DSLR for the challenge so I had to take multiple pictures and stitch them together with Photoshop Elements. I’m not completely happy with my end result but I hear that Photographers aren’t really ever completely happy with their end result. I definitely found the stitching aspect of this assignment hard, but I am so glad I tried it. I can only get better from here.
Challenge #5: Look for a scene with great contrast that will make a great black and white.
Hmmm, sounds easy enough. Started taking pictures with any readily, available camera and they were all beautiful in color but not so much in black and white.
While driving to my Mom’s, I noticed this tree that stood out because of the absence of color. The sun was directly on it and made it look white. In person, the tree looked like someone just pasted it into the landscape. I grabbed my super tiny Point and Shoot camera: Sony, Cyber-shot, Carl Zeiss edition. Disappointed it wasn’t my DSLR but I figured the point and shoot would be good to have since it slides right into a pocket in my purse.
So here it is
Second week, second challenge. The instructions were a tradional landscape. Shoot a landscape and share it with the world. Find a nice foreground and don’t forget the sky.
Instantly, I started to panic; Landscape? I have no idea where to go! I took a breath and reminded myself that the challenge is to challenge myself. I found a nature preserve nearby and took the photograph below:
I was sitting down on the ground for this one, so that I could get a different perspective. I was able to get more of the sky through the trees. I didn’t find an interesting foreground, which of course drove the OCD of following directions in me, crazy. As a photographer, I would love to actually see beams of light shining down through the trees, all in time.
Hope you enjoy,